The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) held a highly successful 61st Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 13-15, 2011. One of the highlights of the Conference was the launch of the CPA Position Paper on Stigma and Discrimination. The paper was published in the October 2011 Canadian Journal of Psychiatry and attracted significant media attention.
This position paper was designed to provide evidence-based guidelines for addressing stigma and discrimination against psychiatric patients and families, as well as psychiatrists, mental health care professionals, and the profession of psychiatry. It provides guidance to psychiatrists as individuals as well as to academic and organizational psychiatry in identifying key actions that we can take to tackle stigma.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) will be hosting the 5th International Stigma Conference in Ottawa, Canada on June 4-6, following the Spring release of a National Mental Health Strategy for Canada, following five years of consultations with citizens and mental health organizations.
Future CPA meetings will be held in Montreal on September 27-29, 2012 and Ottawa on September 26-28, 2013. WPA members are encouraged to register for one or both of these informative conferences.
Donna E. Stewart
WPA Zonal Representative for Zone 1 (Canada)
The speaker is Child and Adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Simon Davidson, with (now) Past President Dr. Nizar Ladha (on the left), during an expert series panel presentation on Science & Psychiatry http://publications.cpa-apc.org/browse/sections/5.